Thousands attend Texas Conference for Women downtown

Thousands attend Texas Conference for Women downtown

AUSTIN -- The largest gathering of women in Texas took place Thursday at the Austin Convention Center as part of the 16th annual Texas Conference for Women.

Organizers of the event saidĀ it was a chance to connect and share experiences.

"Just being inspired like that has been great," she teacher Chrystal Sullivan.

Sullivan and some of her female students from Harmony School of Excellence attendedĀ the conference.

"We want to encourage them to come to these type of events and hear information and be inspired and encouraged to follow their dreams," she said.

More than 7,000 women and men took part in the conference. The day was spent attending seminars, learning how to build resumes and handle personal finance, along with information on health and wellness.

Blogger Ilene Haddad says it's also a good chance to network and possibly find a mentor.

"That is one of the most important things that we can do as small business owners or women in general I suppose," she said. "There are a lot of empowered women in this town, and I need to get to know them."

KVUE's Terri Gruca was on hand to introduce an illustrious panel of keynote speakers, including ABC's Robin Roberts and Patricia Arquette.

The Academy-award winning actress spoke about the bias women in this country still face.

"It goes throughout government, it goes into our laws, it goes into even how girls are treated in schools, into pay equality," Arquette said. "It's just such a subconscious part of our culture."

Arquette hopes young women about to enter the work force will fight to get what they deserve.

"We want our girls to go as far as they can, but also they should get paid fairly along the way," she said.

KVUE was a sponsor of this year's conference.


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